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Poster: stratocaster Date: May 16, 2008 6:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dont want this one to go unmentioned....

Always been a Gibson man myself. Love the feel of a Les Paul, but have always wanted an ES335.

I once had the Epiphone Dot, which was basically a ES335 knockoff...the humbucker sounds great on those...Les Pauls are heavy, used to play some cheap knock-off of that one...now I have a '73 Strat natural finish and maple neck that is an incredible guitar...also a 2002 Tele that I modified by changing the pick-ups to Dimarzio tone zone and twang king and replacing the pick guard with a warmouth plasticine retro one...

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Poster: staggerleib Date: May 16, 2008 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dont want this one to go unmentioned....

At one point I had an Epiphone "Genesis." It was a copy of the Paul double cutaway. Boy that puppy was heavy. Had a great sound, and great action. Really enjoyed playing it. Two gripes: 18 pounds is too much to carry for an entire show, and that headstock was huge. Couldn't fit it into the hardshell Les Paul case without mods.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: May 16, 2008 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dont want this one to go unmentioned....

My main axe today is an Ibanez Lonestar. It looks sort of like a paul, but a bit larger, has a piezo pickup at the bridge, giving a really nice jazzy sound (also allowing for an acceptible acoustic play) and has a narrow strat neck.

Other guitars have come and gone, but the Ibanez has stayed with me for 25 years.

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Poster: Earl B. Powell Date: May 16, 2008 10:45am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dont want this one to go unmentioned....

That Lonestar is a rare bird, very few made and equally as unusual. I bought one in '87 and used it for years until it became trade bait on a Les Paul. Every once in a while a Lonestar acoustic will show up on E-bay, but the semi solid body is a rarity.

I'm currently playing a Strat and a Tele, both first year Mexican offerings, and both modified with Seymour Duncan stacked pups. I've also a MSA pedal steel that I monkey around with, but find it very challenging.

...not surprising that more than a few players hang out here

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Poster: staggerleib Date: May 16, 2008 11:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dont want this one to go unmentioned....

It is rare. I really never knew how rare until recently. I began looking it up on the web a couple of years ago and found it to be actually quite desired. Mine is the LE520 DV. It simply does whatever I want it to.

My old Epiphone, I'm told, has been completely reworked by a luthier in LA who's turned it into a midi trigger machine. At the time, it reminded me very much of the Ibanez Artist that Bobby was playing at the time.